Midland Messenger

January 4-8, 2021

Dear Midland Families,

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family had a very joyous holiday season and that you are looking forward to the coming year! At Midland, we have been preparing for this year in many ways.

Following new guidance from Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Health, Franklin Pierce Schools is planning for the return of elementary-aged students for in-person instruction in early 2021. All decisions will be informed by public health guidance and lessons learned from the return of students for in-person instruction in other districts around the state and country.

Guidance from the Department to Health advises districts to prioritize the return of our youngest learners and those “furthest from educational justice”. This will result in an increase in the amount of time that Support Center students receive in-person instruction beginning January 19 and a phased approach to welcome back elementary students beginning with Kindergarten students on Thursday, January 28. A remote learning option will remain available for all students.

Additional details about draft schedules, timelines for implementation, information about program design, and staff and family surveys declaring their intent to participate in remote or in-person instruction will be made available the week of January 4-8.

· January 4-8: K-2 families will be asked to declare their intent to participate in in-person instruction or remote learning.

· January 25-29: 3-5 families will be asked to declare their intent to participate in in-person instruction or remote learning.

The health and safety of staff, students and families remains our highest priority in welcoming students back to school for in-person instruction. Please know that we will take a careful and deliberate approach to not only support students and families, but also to maintain a safe learning and work environment.

We are all looking forward to 2021 being a great year together at Midland!

It's great to be a MUSTANG!

~Mrs. Dawson

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Important Dates to Remember:

January 6 ~ Asynchronous learning day

January 13 ~ Asynchronous learning day

January 18 ~No School for Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 20 ~ Asynchronous learning day

January 25 ~ No School

January 27 ~ Asynchronous learning day

January is School Board Recognition Month

We want to thank Alex Davis, Rebecca Gallogly, Dr. Gil Mendoza, Mary Sherman, and Board President Cole Roberts for the many hours they volunteer on behalf of every child in our school district. Their duties include setting the vision and mission of education in the district; establishing policy; adopting an annual budget; approving all expenditures; employment of personnel; curriculum, textbooks and courses; and deciding on school sites, building plans, and construction.
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Social Emotional Learning Corner by Mrs. Blaisdell

This week’s focus is — Welcome Back Everyone! I have truly missed connecting weekly with Midland Mustangs. I am hoping you are well and rested. In this week’s SEL Specialist classes we will be joyfully reconnecting in Zoom. The topics we have covered so far at Midland are: Our Strengths and Struggles, Online Safety, Respect and Responsibility, Listening, Assertiveness, Respecting Similarities and Differences, Gratitude, Self-Compassion, Compassion for Others, and Giving. Midland Mustangs have grown and are learning SO much! Below is a piece of an article I found explaining Social Emotional Learning to explain what it is.

What Is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving, emotion recognition, compassion, awareness of self and others, and more; SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities.

Children thrive. Schools win. Workplaces benefit. Society strengthens. All due to social-emotional learning.

As a family— You can talk about the topics that have been studied so far and review what you remember. (the teaching videos, read alouds and youtube videos are always available to review for each of our topics in my modules. 😊 This Week—Take the time to feel awesome to be back in school. 😊

Midland's Lifetouch Fundraiser

Don't forget that Midland has an ongoing fundraiser with Lifetouch and Shutterfly. Our school gets 8% of all purchases when you shop through the storefront link below. Thank you for your support!

WIFI Opportunity

We have the pleasure of sharing this incredible free WIFI opportunity for families (who qualify) through Rainier Connects - Student Connect Program.

Here’s what you and families need to know:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=zqbbXvHufE-tndcueBeeqm- UsufiOOFCl_BTk-MUKltUNDJFNlRUT01NMUpaM1lCQ1lYVVpKN1hZQS4u

  • Families can self-refer utilizing the English/Spanish Rainier Connect- Student Connect Program Application, at www.fpschools.org/resources


  • Once form is submitted, A parent or guardian over 18 years old will need to contact Rainier Connect directly, at 253-683-4405 and mention the Students Connect program.
  • An adult must be present during the scheduled installation.
  • Rainier Connect must have access to enter the home to complete the installation and confirm the service is working at the time of the scheduled installation.

Technology Help

Please continue to reach out to us if you are having trouble with your computer!

The help number for the IT department is 253-298-4647 or you can fill out one of the two forms linked below.

PTA Corner

Your PTA membership matters! Please consider joining and click the box below to fill out Midland's PTA membership form for the 2020-21 school year.

  • $12 for a Single Membership
  • $20 for 2 Memberships
  • $10 for Student Membership
  • $12 to Sponsor a Teacher
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Upcoming Events

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Franklin Pierce Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to James Hester, Compliance Coordinator for State and Civil Rights Laws; Wendy Malich, Title IX Officer; or John Sander, 504/ADA Coordinator at 315 129th ST S, Tacoma, WA 98444-5099 or at (253)298-3000.